Posts Tagged ‘Akron Metro RTA’

Akron Metro Schedules to Change Aug. 21

August 17, 2016

Akron Metro RTA fall schedules will go into effect on Sunday, Aug. 21.

The new timetables show some minor changes to routes and times. Akron Metro 3Among the more notable changes are:

  • Routes No. 1 and No. 101 will no longer enter Summit Mall. The new No. 1 route time point is renamed “West Market @ Summit Mall.”
  • The Downtown Akron Shuttle is a new route that will operate on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every 10 minutes and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. every 15 minutes. There is no charge to ride the shuttle.
  • Route X61 is switching berths at the Transit Center due to safety concerns regarding the wheelchair lifts. It will now pull into the west side of the Center, between the No. 34 and  Greyhound berths.

 

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Akron Metro Pondering Service Restructuring

April 29, 2016

Akron Metro wants to make changes. For the past month it has been holding public hearings and soliciting comments on its website as part of its Drive Forward campaign that is expected to result in changes to bus schedules and routes.

The transit agency has said that its guiding principles include matching service to modern travel patterns, strengthening its network structure, simplifying routes, fostering a transit-first lifestyle, and building financial stability.

Akron Metro 3Metro said its current route network is built to serve commuting patterns of the past. Its challenge is to realign routes to go where the greatest number of transit users live and work.

The last major route restructuring occurred in the late 1990s and Metro said many people and jobs have moved since then.

A 2013 study determined that 53 percent of Metro riders travel to and from work, which is significantly less than most transit systems.

“Therefore, we need to tailor our service to more than just work,” Metro said in a presentation. “Metro provides basic mobility for school, shopping, medical, and many other trip purposes.

Although 76 percent of businesses in Akron are within a quarter-mile of a Metro route, the transit agency’s radial-oriented route network creates difficulties for those wishing to travel across town or from one neighborhood to another.

Traditionally, Metro routes have been oriented to serving downtown Akron, but now Metro is seeking to create connections outside of downtown.

It is eyeing a grid network that it labels an “everywhere to everywhere model.” It will result in more transfers being needed for riders but also more frequent service with faster travel times.

As for simplifying its routes, Metro is considering adopting a clockface schedule that will provide a regular and consistent schedule, such as every half hour.

The current schedule has more frequencies grouped during certain periods of the day and Metro said it is difficult for casual or first-time users to understand.

Some routes also have as many as four different patterns. Metro is proposing replacing this with fixed routes that would not vary depending on the time, the day or the trip.

Increasing service is a key to encouraging a transit-oriented lifestyle. Metro noted that nowhere in Summit County does it provide frequent service seven days a week.

Metro also acknowledged that its fare box recovery lags the average for similar transit systems. Whereas Metro recovers 11.1 percent of its expenses at the fare box, its peer system average is 19.4 percent.

Related to improving its financial position is boosting ridership. In 2015, Metro ridership was nearly 400,000 rides below 2008 when it imposed a series of service cuts.

Although Metro has increased the service hours of its buses by 22 percent since 2005, ridership has not responded in kind.

In 2014, Metro had 5.2 million line service rides, but that fell to 5 million last year. The peak was 5.4 million in 2008.

Comments about how Metro’s service should be restructured can be left at its website at:

http://www.akronmetro.org/driving-forward.aspx

Akron Metro Launches New Bus Route

January 21, 2016

Akron Metro issued new schedules this week that include a new route that runs on South Main Street with direct service to the VA Clinic and the new Department of Jobs and Family Services offices.

The new route, which began last Sunday, is named No. 21 South Main.

Akron Metro 3The schedule change also gave Route No. 111 South Main/Waterloo a new name. The route, its stops and schedule did not change, but it now operates as No. 11 South Akron and will use the No. 12 berth at the RKP Transit Center.

Metro also has put up about 2,300 new bus stop signs as the first step to implementing a bus tracking system.

The sign are designed to be able to track a bus in real time via a text message.

Once the system is functional, a rider will text a bus stop ID and receive in return the scheduled time of arrival.

The system is being tested and Metro advised riders that they can try the system but it remains a work in progress.

4 Canton Grade Crossings to be Upgraded

December 23, 2015

Four railroad grade crossings in Canton will receive mast-mounted flashing lights and gates following action by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

The crossings are located at Third, Fifth, Sixth and Ninth streets SW. In addition, PUCO approved a plan to permanently close rail crossings at Seccombe Place SW and Second Street SW.

All of the crossings are on a former Baltimore & Ohio line that once ran between Cleveland and Mineral City.

Akron Metro now owns the tracks, which have been used in the past by Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad trains. The Wheeling & Lake Erie has trackage rights on the line.

The costs of the project will be shared among PUCO, the Ohio Rail Development Commission, the Metro Regional Transit Authority and the city of Canton.

Akron Metro Adding Route to Northfield Rocksino

January 14, 2014

Akron Metro will begin bus service to the new Rocksino casino at the Northfield Park racetrack in suburban Cleveland effect Jan. 2.

The winter bus schedule being implemented that day calls for a revised Route 102 that will leave the Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center on South Broadway in Akron en route to Northfield Park with stops at the turnaround at Howe Road and Main Street at Chapel Hill Mall and the Macedonia bus stop at Highland and Chamberlin roads.

Akron Metro’s new schedule will include changes to 11 existing routes while creating a new Route 104 that will go from the Transit Center north to state Route 303, Terex and Darrow roads in Hudson, Enterprise Parkway in Twinsburg and end at Metro’s Creekside Park and Ride Lot on Creekside Drive in Twinsburg.

Other Metro changes include:

• An additional afternoon bus on Route 12 (north from the Transit Center to Tallmadge Avenue and Chapel Hill Mall).

• The Stow Circulator (Route 31) will end at the Independence Turnaround and connect to Routes 7, 10, 12, 19, 23, 34 and 59.

• Route 101 will go beyond Katherine Boulevard and meet Cleveland RTA’s Route 77.

• Route 103 in the Stow area will serve the Clarion Inn but not Laurel Lake.

Other routes changing are 3, 6, 12, 18, 26 and 34.

More information and maps are available at www.akronmetro.org/.

SARTA Launches Canton-Cleveland Route

March 3, 2013

The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority will launch a route from Canton to Cleveland on Monday that at 63 miles may be Ohio’s longest transit service.

The weekday SARTA route will serve the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center’s Wade Park campus and downtown Cleveland three times a day.

Veterans traveling to Cleveland for a medical appointment can ride for free if they schedule their trip through the Stark County Veterans Service Commission.

The fare for other passengers will be $2.50 one way and $5 round trip.
The route originates at the Canton Cornerstone Transit Station at 112 Cherry Ave. SE, leaving each weekday at 6:50 a.m., 10:50 a.m. and 2:50 p.m.

It then will travel north to the American Legion Post 44 at 1633 Cleveland Ave. NW to pick up or drop off the veterans associated with the Veterans Commission and then to Wade Park in Cleveland, arriving at 8:40 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:20 p.m.

The bus also will stop at West Prospect and West Superior avenues (near the Tower City Center) before it returns to Canton.

Each bus can accommodate 32 seated passengers and two wheelchairs. Priority seating will be given to veterans who schedule their trip through the Veterans Commission.

Groups larger than four people and riders with mobility devices not associated with the Veterans Commission should call SARTA to reserve a seat.

SARTA also offers hourly bus service to Akron-Canton Regional Airport and downtown Akron’s Pfaff Transit Center, which has Greyhound intercity bus service. Greyhound bus service to Canton ended nearly a decade ago.

Akron Metro RTA offers 11 weekday round trips between Akron and Cleveland. Also serving downtown Cleveland are routes of Laketran (Lake County) and the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority.